Catch History
Year(s) Catch Comments
1793 5000 Pelt Exports
1805 81,000 Pelt Exports
1819 281,000 Pelt Exports
1831 687,000 Pelt Exports
1830 - 1860 Average 400,000
1863 - 1894 Average 341,000
1895 - 1911 Average 249,000
1912 - 1940 Average 159,000
1949 - 1961 Average 310,000 60% foreign fisheries
1961 - 1970 Average 287,000 60% foreign fisheries
1971 - 1981 Average 172,000 Introduction of quotas and other regulations
1984 - 1988 Average 60,000  
1993 25,175  
1994 61,176  
1995 65,391  
1996 242,717  
1997 264,204  
1998 282,070  
1999 244,552  
2000 91,602  
2001 226,493  
2002 312,367  
2003 262,271  
2004 325,346  
2005 289,800  
2006 295,631  
2007 215,388  

Thank you to The Department of Fisheries and Oceans
for providing some of the statistics found in this section.
For a more complete history of sealing go to the
Newoundland and Labrador Heritage site.
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